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Nobody lives (lived?) in Downtown Detroit.
If that's true it is unlikely MLB leaves. TV is where the real money is and they've never really had a decent stadium experience.
I like how the Giants strategy of publicly trashing their stadium, doing everything they could to move to Florida, and then building a new privately funded park in a better location is far superior to the A's strategy of publicly trashing their stadium and then building a new privately funded park in a better location.
It's absolutely true if you actually delve into the real dynamics and not the most macro, top-down demographics. The A's draw the vast majority of their fanbase from the Richmond-Fremont corridor, the prominent cities being Richmond, Albany/Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward/San Leandro, and Fremont. None of those are wealthy cities (they all have nice areas, though every city in the world does), and are mostly lower middle class to middle class.
MLB failed in Tampa, it is going to move that franchise sooner than later. It's time the NFL admit failure in Florida too (Jacksonville, Tampa). It failed. Usf v Florida state played in the Bucs stadium the same weekend as an NFL game. The college game sold out, the NFL game was 25% empty.
It embarrassing the NFL can't figure out how to get a team into LA.
It has an MLB-ready facility which no other aspiring market even comes close to having.
It's not a permanent solution but it can host MLB next week if you want it to.
That's the problem with moving the Rays. Where do they move? Is Tampa really worse long-term than Milwaukee or Cincinnati? Do they really want to abandon that TV market?
I think the NFL having mostly national revenues actually causes the stadium revenues to be magnified. There are no local television dollars and they only need to sell out 10 games a year.
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